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Dinner with Michelle Gomez

Dinner with Michelle Gomez
Published: 30th October 2002
Author: The Scotsman

The actress, 29, will be performing in The Vagina Monologues tonight at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. She is married to Jack Davenport.

What is the best meal you’ve ever had?
A big plate of steak and chips with a bottle of heavy red wine at The La Pampa Grill. Why? Because you can turn up looking like s**t and still manage to eat like a king.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
On my first date ever, probably at about 17 years old. I tried to impress my date and so ordered the king prawns, but I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with the shells so I popped the whole thing in my mouth. I crunched on the prawns so hard that my date pointed out my gums were bleeding (nice touch).

What’s in your fridge at the moment?
Leftovers from the Blue Lagoon, my local fish and chip shop, where they boast of “over 350,000 excellent fish suppers sold”.

How do you remember your school dinners?
There was a lot of custard and an equally large amount of chewing.

What food couldn’t you live without and what could you never touch?
Cheese and the Devil.

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
Apparently so.

What’s your ideal comfort food?
A plateful of hot, steaming, freshly caught king prawns swimming in garlic. Since my embarrassing experience mentioned in question two, I’ve mastered the art of eating them. I made a point of learning how after that disastrous date.

What’s the most essential utensil in your kitchen?
My husband.

And what’s the most bizarre gadget in your kitchen?
My husband.

Host or guest – which do you prefer playing?
That depends on the bell boy.

Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
Peter Sellars, Stephen Fry and Dolly Parton.

And what would you cook them?
Spaghetti bolognaise. There’s something about a mouthful of hot spaghetti, dripping with a rich tomato sauce, that really breaks the ice. You’ll either look incredibly sexy, or send the whole table into hysterics.

What counts as your worst dinner-party disaster?
On 12 September 2001. Given the date and the circumstances, it kind of speaks for itself.

What’s your classic stand-by recipe?
A supper from the Blue Lagoon.

What’s on the menu tonight?
The usual.

What’s your top Friday-night feast?
Cartons of Thai takeaway, as far as the eye can see.

What makes the perfect Sunday brunch?
The day.

Whose cooking inspires you?
Nigel Slater. His recipes are accessible and comforting, and the way he writes about food is so inspiring that you’ve just got to have a go yourself. You should try out his risotto.